For the recent Stella and Dot Trunk Show I recently hosted, I thought I would do some sweet treats and what goes better with sweets than coffee? Well, nothing except when its 80 degrees out. So, I decided to do an iced coffee bar. I have to tell you, it was a hit!
The next day it will look a bit like this…sludge.
If you like things even sweeter, a little vanilla syrup takes things over the top!
I loved having an iced coffee bar at the party!! Be sure to stock lots of ice, milk, cream, half and half, flavored syrups (I had vanilla and hazelnut), along with a simple syrup since regular sugar won't dissolve as nicely since the coffee is cold. Have an iced coffee bar at your next party and I think you, and your guests will really enjoy it!
Iced Coffee Bar
For the Iced Coffee:
1 pound ground coffee
2 gallons cold water
For the Bar:
Simple Syrup (recipe below)
Half and half
Flavored syrups (hazelnut, vanilla, cinnamon ect…)
Sweetened condensed milk
Lots of ice
The day before, pour the coffee into a large container. Pour in the cold water and give it a good stir. Place a cover on the top and into the fridge it goes for at least 4 hours…preferably over night.
Once the coffee has sat for at least 4 hours, line a fine mesh strainer with a deconstructed coffee filter and cheese cloth. Pour the coffee mixture to strain over a large container. If you are serving the coffee, pour it into a pretty container and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve. If you are having it for yourself, just be sure to put it into a container with a lid so you can enjoy it all week.
Fill a large glass with ice and pour in the iced coffee but be sure to leave room for the accouterments.
Customize you and your guests drinks by adding the half and half, cream, milk, flavored syrups and sweetened condensed milk to your taste!
Coffee recipe via: Pioneer Woman
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
Combine the sugar and water in a medium sauce pan on medium high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium. Stir until the sugar dissolves and turn off the heat and remove from the burner.
Let the syrup cool and place in the fridge until cold. Use the syrup for any cocktail or drink that calls for sugar as a sweetener.